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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.
As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.
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Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more
State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing health issues facing America. As a result, every state must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's Association chapters across the nation work with state officials to determine regulatory and statutory standards for dementia training, provide access to respite care, designate spending for state long-term care services, control Medicaid spending, and in a variety of other ways to provide care and support for those facing this dreaded disease. Learn more
As we continue to implement Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan, this year we focused on two key areas:
- Continuing to fight abuse, neglect and exploitation of those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and
- Funding for Home and Community-based Services—especially to ensure that those still living in the community have access to the supports and services they need to remain in the community in their choice of home as long as possible
Specifically, our platform issues included:
- Uniform Power of Attorney Act (passed) The Uniform POA will provide protections to principals and will ensure consistent acceptance of the Powers of Attorney across financial institutions. Uniform POA will provide clear fiduciary duties to agents and will provide for investigating and prosecuting agents that breach fiduciary duty thus protecting vulnerable adults from financial exploitation. The bill was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 8, 2017 and will go into effect on July 1, 2017. Rep. Efstration and many stakeholders involved in crafting the bill surrounded the Governor as he signed the bill.
- Advocate for the budget to create key positions within state government to combat abuse, neglect, and exploitation—of our vulnerable adults—especially those living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia:
- $110,753 for a GBI Forensic Auditor I to investigate allegations by following the paper trail and helping to build the case against those who financially exploit our vulnerable adults (not funded)
- $223,923 for a GBI Special Agent I position to help to investigate allegations and build the case against those seeking to prey upon our vulnerable adults (not funded)
- $144,362 for an Adult Abuse Neglect & Exploitation Prosecutor (AANEP)—this prosecutor will teach at prosecutor and law enforcement training sessions, at the request of the district attorney—will prosecute cases of abuse, neglect & exploitation of at-risk adults, and will support prosecutors by providing technical legal advice, assisting with trial preparation and prosecution of unique or complex Abuse Neglect, and Exploitation cases. (Funded)
- $10 Million in the State Fiscal Year 2018 to fund non-Medicaid Home and Community-based Services (HCBS). These services fund adult day health, home-delivered meals, in-home services, transportation, personal assistance, and more. These services are especially important for those vulnerable adults—especially those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias who live alone. ($4.2M in non-Medicaid HCBS & $750,000 in home-delivered meals was funded)
- $4.12Million in State Fiscal Year 2018 for the Georgia Alzheimer's Project (GAP): This funding will create a hub and spoke model of dementia clinics that will encourage early and accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's and Related dementias throughout the state. The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) would be the hub of the model and provide training and support to the 5 clinics that are awarded the funds through an RFP process. The data analysis of outcomes for the GAP project will need to be reported to the legislature after one year.
- $1Million was added to the Department of Community Health designated for the Medicaid Waiver programs (CCSP & SOURCE) specifically for those with an Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis.
- Grand Total of over $5Million was added to the budget for people living with an Alzheimer's or Dementia diagnosis!!
Thank you to our legislature for these appropriations and the passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.
Governor Deal Signed the Uniform Power of Attorney Act on May 8, 2017
SAVE THE DATE:
Awareness Day at the Capitol
February 8, 2018
Please plan to join us & use your VOICE!
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